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Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis. speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday, and with only days left until the event, Democrats are still digging in their heels. As many as 42 Democratic leaders have said they will skip the inauguration amid ongoing controversy between Trump and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

After Lewis said on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday that he doesn't believe Trump is a legitimate president, Trump took aim at Lewis on Twitter to retaliate. "All talk talk talk, no action or results. Sad," Trump tweeted about Lewis, who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was beaten and imprisoned while protesting voting rights in 1965.

Republican Rep. Sean Duffy  (Wis.) appeared on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday morning with host Chris Cuomo to discuss Trump's upcoming inauguration and offered his thoughts on the growing number of Democratic leaders who have committed to skipping the event.

Duffy, who is also vice president of Trump's transition team, mentioned that he wasn't happy with the outcome in the 2008 and 2012 elections but understood at the time that that wasn't an excuse to skip the ceremony.

"It's like, you know, I was a little kid and I'm used to getting a juice box and a trophy whether I win or I lose," Duffy said. "Listen, Democrats lost. Donald Trump won. You may not like him, you may not agree with the agenda just like we didn't agree with President Obama's agenda."

Duffy later remarked that if the Democrats were trying to make the event partisan, Republicans could then start doing the same next time a Democrat was elected as president, and told Cuomo, "That's bad for the country."

"Show up, be part of it. Put your big-boy pants on and let's start working together," he said.

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